When purchasing a single-family, multi-family home, or condominium you MUST account for your closing costs in addition to your down-payment plus reserves. In addition to your down payment, a buyer should be ready to pay an additional f 2-5% of the purchase price. These closing costs include but are not limited to title insurance, mortgage recording tax, pre-purchased points, property tax escrow, mortgage origination fee, and attorney fee. For an approximate estimate of your closing costs, you can request a closing cost estimate. Additionally, lenders will require a borrower to have at least six (6) months of monthly mortgage payments in your account as reserves. Some lenders require twelve (12) months.
When buying a property, how much money do I need to put down?Zachary Hanby2021-03-05T14:49:02-05:00
If you are financing a property, lenders typically require twenty (20%) of the purchase price as a down payment total, not including your closing costs. Meaning in most cases lenders will finance eighty percent (80%) of the purchase price. Some lenders may finance more depending on if the borrower qualifies.
What is the difference between a co-op and a condo?fisherstonelaw12020-10-27T15:28:25-04:00
Although they may look the same, co-ops, or cooperatives, and condos vary in whether the resident owns the property. In a co-op, the building is owned by a non-profit organization and residents buy shares of the company in exchange for a proprietary lease. In a condo, the unit is available for traditional purchase, giving buyers more freedom by owning the actual property.
Closing on a real estate transaction typically lasts between 30-60 days. The closing period begins when the seller accepts an offer from a buyer, and ends at the signing of all documents and agreements at the closing table. Having a real estate attorney makes this process much smoother and more efficient.
Why would I need a lawyer when buying or selling property?fisherstonelaw12021-03-05T17:04:11-05:00
In New York State, it is required by most banks to be represented by an attorney in your real estate transactions, whether buying or selling. It’s also important to note that a good real estate attorney is another line of defense in handling real estate transactions, which carry a certain amount of risk, to protect your interests.
Is it better to have a cash deal or a mortgage loan?fisherstonelaw12021-03-05T17:09:12-05:00
There are definite perks to both cash deals and mortgage loans. A cash deal may be more attractive to the seller which can often lead to a discount for the buyer. Cash also forgoes many of the steps of obtaining a loan. Mortgage loans do end up costing the buyer more in the long run due to interest but a mortgage protects the buyer from overextending.
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